Updated 08/14/2012 01:45 PM
Davidson College student-led board suspends Chick-fil-A from events
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DAVIDSON, N.C. -- A North Carolina college is temporarily banning Chick-fil-A at campus events after the chain's president spoke out against same-sex marriage.
A Davidson College student recently began an online petition, saying they don't need Chick-fil-A at the school's "After Midnight" event on campus, which occasionally serves the restaurant's chicken sandwiches.
The petition is something Davidson College senior Matt Gilbride supports.
"Because at the one hand, people have a right to hold their own beliefs, especially the owner of a company, but at the same time people don't have to spend their money to support that belief,” said Gilbride.
Gilbride said the Davidson community supports everyone.
"I think there's a campus-wide support for anybody who's out about it, and at the same time, everybody's really comfortable with everybody else and it doesn't seem to be a divisive issue or problematic in any sort of way,” he said.
Chick fil-A is not located on campus, but was served at so called "After Midnight" events, which are coordinated by the student-run College Union Board once a month, from midnight until 2 a.m.
"The college Union Board has said in light of the petition, they are not going to schedule Chick-fil-A sandwiches until they can get student input from students on the situation,” said Bill Giduz, director of media relations at Davidson College.
When asked about the Davidson College petition, Chick-fil-A's corporate communications department responded with this statement:
“The Chick-fil-A culture and service tradition in our restaurants is to treat every person with honor, dignity and respect regardless of their belief, race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. We will continue this tradition in the over 1,600 restaurants run by independent owner/operators. Going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena.”
While Chick-fil-A is only on the menu a couple times a year, Gilbride said he'd rather see the money go somewhere else.
"I'm sure Chick-fil-A is going to continue to make their money elsewhere, but the fact that we're doing this I think is a good step,” he said.
Members of the Davidson College Union Board will consider whether or not to continue serving Chick-fil-A at the “After Midnight” events once school begins.
Classes at Davidson College resume on Aug. 27.